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Narcan Patient Information including If I Miss a Dose
In this Article
- What is naloxone (Narcan)?
- What are the possible side effects of naloxone (Narcan)?
- What is the most important information I should know about naloxone (Narcan)?
- What should I discuss with my health care provider before using naloxone (Narcan)?
- How should I use naloxone (Narcan)?
- What happens if I miss a dose (Narcan)?
- What happens if I overdose (Narcan)?
- What should I avoid while using naloxone (Narcan)?
- What other drugs will affect naloxone (Narcan)?
- Where can I get more information?
What happens if I miss a dose (Narcan)?
Because you will receive naloxone in a clinical setting, you are not likely to miss a dose.
What happens if I overdose (Narcan)?
Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222.
Overdose symptoms may include seizure (convulsions), feeling light-headed, or fainting.
What should I avoid while using naloxone (Narcan)?
Naloxone may impair your thinking or reactions. Be careful if you drive or do anything that requires you to be alert.
Drinking alcohol can increase certain side effects of naloxone.
What other drugs will affect naloxone (Narcan)?
If you are using any narcotic pain medication, the pain-relieving effects of the narcotic will be reversed while you are also receiving naloxone.
Tell your doctor about all other medicines you use, especially:
- buprenorphine (Buprenex, Subutex);
- methohexital (Brevital); or
- narcotic pain medication such as codeine (Tylenol #3), hydrocodone (Lortab, Vicodin, Vicoprofen), hydromorphone (Dilaudid, Palladone), oxycodone (OxyContin, Percocet), fentanyl (Actiq, Duragesic), methadone (Methadose, Dolophine), morphine (Kadian, MS Contin, Oramorph), and many others.
This list is not complete and other drugs may interact with naloxone. Tell your doctor about all medications you use. This includes prescription, over-the-counter, vitamin, and herbal products. Do not start a new medication without telling your doctor.
Where can I get more information?
Your pharmacist can provide more information about naloxone.
Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.
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